No merger of D.A. but seventh pay commission likely this year.
According to our sources in New Delhi, there is no chance of any merger of Dearness Allowance with basic pay as demanded by the associations. But the Government is considering the formation of seventh pay commission.
The seventh CPC is scheduled to be effective from 1.1.2016 and if it is formed this year, there will be ample time to finalize it’s recommendations. Moreover, if it is not effective from an earlier date, the Govt. will be free from any burden of paying arrears, which may adversely effect the fiscal situation.
Most significantly, in the eve of general election, the Govt. may spread a “feel good” situation among the employees without having to pay an extra penny from the exchequer. In the other hand merging D.A. with basic pay will lead to a considerable expense and as there is definite negative recommendation of sixth CPC in this respect, Govt. can easily deny this demand.
After formation of seventh CPC, if the ruling party fails to come back in the corridors of power, the entire liability will have to be borne by the new Govt. So, it’s a win win situation of the ruling party and most likely, it will be announced in the later half of the year.